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  • noun The clearing up of anything which is obscure or not easily understood; an explanation.


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From French éclaircissement.


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  • Much which it aspired to do, and did but imperfectly or mistakenly, was accomplished in what is called the eclaircissement of the eighteenth century, or in our own generation; and what really belongs to the rival of the fifteenth century is but the leading instinct, the curiosity, the initiatory idea.

    The Renaissance Studies in Art and Poetry Walter Pater 1866

  • 'eclaircissement' of the situation, and of his lineaments on which suffering had already set their stamp.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy 1900

  • 'eclaircissement' of the situation, and of his lineaments on which suffering had already set their stamp.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works John Galsworthy 1900

  • Such a state of misunderstanding is, in fact, worse than a downright quarrel; — the latter may be explained or apologized for, or become the subject of mediation; but in such a case as the former, an eclaircissement is as unlikely to take place as a general engagement between two armies which have taken up strong defensive positions on both sides.

    Castle Dangerous 2008

  • As soon as you are prepared to speak all that is upon your mind, and I to hear it with temper, then we may come to an eclaircissement.

    Pamela 2006

  • Mr. Rushworth had set off early with the great news for Sotherton; and she had fondly hoped for such an immediate eclaircissement as might save him the trouble of ever coming back again.

    Mansfield Park 2004

  • There has been an unpleasant eclaircissement about Ito.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan Isabella Lucy 2004

  • Their mutual astonishment was unspeakable at this eclaircissement, which produced a universal silence for the space of several minutes.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle 2004

  • Indeed, on an entire eclaircissement, it became manifest that the grossest part of the slander which had been cruelly levelled against our hero was so self-evidently false, and really impracticable, that a very small degree of consideration made the worthy and venerable father blush for the credulity which had contributed to criminate our hero; whose private life, all circumstances duly considered, was to the full as unsullied as his public character.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 2 James Harrison

  • When the polite Count returns to enquire after her health, she accuses her lover and friend of duplicity, faints, and letting fall Alovisa's letter from her bosom, brings about an eclaircissement between D'Elmont and that lady.

    The Life and Romances of Mrs Eliza Haywood Whicher, George Frisbie 1915


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  • In Dido or Pelléas et Mélisande

    We know what follows eclaircissement.

    It's fitting and proper

    And a fast rule of opera:

    The clamorous death is the dénoument.

    March 21, 2016